Westerns: From Hollywood to Print

Westerns, the most popular Hollywood genre from the early 20th century to the 1960s, are characterized by the life of a nomadic cowboy armed with a revolver and rifle riding a horse, representing the wild, wild West. They are known to embody the spirit, the struggle, and the demise of the new frontier, but the genre doesn’t … Read more

What Are Students Reading?

| Originally published by Perma-Bound | Follett, distributor of technologies, services, and digital & print content to the educational market, has created Follett Students’ Choice, a new tool that ranks the top 50 books with the most checkouts in a given month.* Below are the top 30 titles for the 2016-2017 school year: Top 10 … Read more

Books Bring People Together

| By Lisa Joyce, acquisitions editor, Thorndike Press | “I live with some of the most interesting people, but never know until I read their obituary.” I always remember this comment from a senior patron. As the Outreach Librarian at Portland Public Library (Maine) for nearly 25 years, I spent a great deal of time making deliveries at a senior residence and … Read more

The Power of the Midlist

What is Midlist? Midlist is the term used to describe those books that fall in the middle of a publisher’s list. They aren’t the top sellers and they aren’t at the bottom. Midlist books have solid sales, but just haven’t received top-selling status. This doesn’t make them any less valuable to readers. Why Offer More … Read more

Big Read, Big Print, Big Impact

|  By Mary Smith, Editorial Director, Thorndike Press |

Thorndike Press is happy to announce The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien will be available in large print, October 10, 2017. This book was named one of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read books.

This would be a great community read title as it appeals to a very large segment; community reads always add excitement and energy to any library program.  Many high schools use this title in their curriculum and for those of us over 50, the Vietnam War was a defining moment in our life.

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Highlights of BookExpo

BookExpo Buzz Titles

We attended BookExpo last month at the Javits Center in New York. The largest annual trade book fair in the United States, BookExpo brings together publishers, booksellers, authors, and librarians. It’s an exciting place to be, with thousands of other book people and huge banners hanging from the rafters displaying upcoming buzz books. It was a great chance to meet publishers and some of our authors to learn about titles to watch for in the coming year ―  and hear from librarians about what their patrons of all ages are looking for, and how we can serve them better. Panels of authors and industry insiders discussed trends, upcoming titles and programming, and tried to predict the next big genre. Here is a list of some Book Expo buzz titles that we’re publishing in large print.

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Summer Escapes!

Must-Reads for Vacationers Anytime of Year

These titles were featured in May’s Library Journal as must-reads if you are looking for “summer escapes.” Anyone planning vacation reads or just armchair getaways will want to check out our large print editions:

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It’s All About Character and Greatness!

In the Spotlight!

AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION by Alyssa Cole (9781410497901).
The first in a new trilogy, The Loyal League, this Civil War era historical romance has received four starred reviews and is on many “Must Read” lists. “No one suspects that a mute slave girl on a Southern estate is really a spy working for the Loyalty League, a secret society of freed blacks and slaves funneling information to the Union. Her disguise was working perfectly until a handsome Confederate soldier with a Scottish brogue nearly ruins everything,” says a starred, Booklist review. A starred Library Journal proclaims: “Courageous, passionate protagonists fight for justice, freedom, and the right to love in an exceptional story that both educates and entertains and beautifully launches a unique series.” For readers who like Jennifer Chiaverini. (African-American — 5/17/2017)

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April 2017 Read-alikes and Bestsellers

| By Elyse Monahan | April Read-alikes Your patrons have their favorite authors and genres that they know and love. Below is a list of titles debuting in April inspired by those favorites! Jump to the April Bestsellers  If your readers like David Liss and Robert Harris, they might like: The Ashes of London by … Read more

Goodreads Big Books of Spring 2017

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Their mission is to help people find and share books they love. They have 55 million members and there are over 50 million readers on their website. Their Spring list contains the top 25 books that readers are adding to their “Want to Read” shelves. We’ll be publishing the following of these buzz books in large print.

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